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Art @ the Center: From Haiti to Mount Olive

This spring, CSAS is pleased to feature a collection of paintings by Michel Obin and Faustin Dumé. The exhibit, “From Haiti to Mt. Olive,” is free and open to the public. An artists’ reception will be held at the Love House & Hutchins Forum on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm. This event is co-sponsored by UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Art Department, as well as Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Obin homeMichel Obin hails from Cap Haïtien, Haiti, the second largest city after Port-au-Prince. During his youth, Obin travelled extensively in northern Haiti, and he remembers fondly the markets, weddings, religious ceremonies, and national celebrations from the rural and mountainous side of the island. Today, he lives in Mount Olive, North Carolina, where he paints scenes that are alive in his memory and historical events that greatly impacted the American continent.

Obin began painting at an early age, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Sénèque Obin, and his great uncle Philomé Obin, two of the greatest Haitian painters of the twentieth century. Like them, Obin paints scenes that depict the private and public lives of Haitian revolutionary figures. Intimate scenes such as the last moments that Louverture spent with his family blend with major geopolitical events such as Louverture’s capture by the French, which occurred a few hours after his final family reunion.

Obin has both a rich historical imagination and a remarkable ability to render the details of rural life in Haiti, a country he left 27 years ago to pursue his career as an artist in Florida. Now living in Mount Olive, Obin states, “the trees, the flowers, the calm, and the architecture of this little town remind me of old Haitian cities and, at the same time, of the countryside I used to stride across in my youth.” Most of the works displayed here were painted in Mount Olive, where Obin has lived since 2011.

Faust1Faustin Dumé is a Haitian artist who resides in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Dumé left Les Cayes, a city on the southern coast of Haiti, in 2002. With his wife, Dumé first settled in Florida before moving to Mount Olive in 2010. He found work in a local factory and paints at night, after work, or on Sundays.

Dumé began painting in 1996 and has never received formal training. He has an acute sense of movement and an eye for subtle tones and contrasts. The Vodou ceremonies, the dances occurring during celebrations of Lwas (Vodou Gods), and the ritual activities depicted in his paintings are enlivened by Dumé’s capacity of reproducing the visible and invisible motions of crucial elements of Haitian popular beliefs.

Dumé and his wife belong to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and do not practice Vodou themselves. Dumé states, “I do not believe in Vodou, but I know a lot about it. It was all around me when I grew up in Haiti—it’s a part of our national culture. Anyway, when I sit down to paint, only Vodou scenes come to my mind.” Like Michel Obin, Dumé bases his work on memories of Haiti recalled from Mount Olive, a city that harbors and inspires two exceptional visual artists who revisit and reinvent the past and present of Haiti.

See more of the artists’ work via the links below:

Michel Obin
Faustin Dumé

Tuesday, September 3, 2013: The Storied South Art Exhibition and Book Signing at the Center

Coinciding with the book’s publication by UNC Press, the Center is proud to host an opening reception for a new art exhibition featuring the photographs from The Storied South: Voices and Writers of Artists, the newest work from our Senior Associate Director, William R. Ferris.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 5:30pm-7:30pm at The Love House & Hutchins Forum.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more details on this event, please go here.

The Storied South: Exhibition and Reading

Coinciding with the book’s publication by UNC Press, the Center is proud to sponsor two events for The Storied South: Voices and Writers of Artists, the newest work from Senior Associate Director William R. Ferris.

 

Art @ the Center — September 3, 2013 (opening reception)

A photography exhibition featuring 45 portraits from The Storied South
5:30 p.m., The Center for the Study of the American South (410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill)
*Ferris will sign copies of his book (available for purchase) at the opening reception

Book talk and signing — September 5, 2013

5:30 p.m., Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Folklife Collection, and Friends of the Library

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Storied South

UNC Press, 2013

About The Storied South

The Storied South features the voices–by turn searching and honest, coy and scathing–of twenty-six of the most luminous artists and thinkers in the American cultural firmament, from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, and C. Vann Woodward. Masterfully drawn from one-on-one interviews conducted by renowned folklorist William Ferris over the past forty years, the book reveals how storytelling is viscerally tied to southern identity and how the work of these southern or southern-inspired creators has shaped the way Americans think and talk about the South.

 

William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris is author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, among other books, and coeditor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Art @ the Center: NC Musicians | Portraits from Pepper’s

A Preview Exhibition of Paintings by Scott Nurkin
on view at the Center for the Study of the American South through Summer 2013

To read essays about select musicians, enter full screen mode, then click on the “show info” button at the top right of the slideshow. (Clicking on the slideshow below will take you directly to Flickr.)

About the Artist:
Scott Nurkin is a musician and artist from Charlotte, NC. He earned his BFA in painting and drawing from UNC and studied painting at the Lorenzo de’ Medici School in Florence, Italy. He currently runs Bona Fide Murals, a professional mural and sign company in Chatham County.

About the Portraits:
I came up with the idea of capturing these North Carolina musicians–many among the best of their genres–in their heyday. I pitched it to David Harvey (Pepper) when they decided to move Pepper’s Pizza to the new location. He thought it was a great idea, so I tried to paint as many as I could before I burned out–in exchange for free pizza and beer for life. Unfortunately, ‘for life’ ended a lot sooner than we had hoped when Pepper’s closed in March 2013. However, I am pretty sure I ate and drank my quota.

Most of the portraits are oil on wood, found objects, and canvas; some were done in acrylic. The size of the paintings was purely dictated by the frames I bought in bulk from a local thrift store.

About the exhibition:
For this preview exhibition, the Center for the Study of the American South invited UNC scholars and writers to contribute reflective and contextualizing essays on the people featured in these portraits. We hope these essays will inspire and provoke further conversation, exploration, and investigation of these performers, their music, and the rich traditions from which they come. These portraits are on display courtesy of the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music, with special thanks to Mark Katz, chair.

Art @ the Center and Music on the Porch, Summer 2013

Please join us for a reception with Scott Nurkin on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, featuring Music on the Porch with Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends. Free and open to the public.

Art @ the Center – “North Carolina Musicians: Portraits from Pepper’s,” Paintings by Scott Nurkin

On view through the summer at the Love House & Hutchins Forum.

Scott Nurkin is a musician and artist from Charlotte, NC. He earned his BFA in painting and drawing from UNC and studied painting at the Lorenzo de’ Medici School in Florence, Italy. He currently runs Bona Fide Murals, a professional mural and sign company in Chatham County. His paintings of North Carolina musicians used to hang at Pepper’s Pizza on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, which closed in March 2013.

For this preview exhibition, the Center for the Study of the American South invited UNC scholars and writers to contribute reflective and contextualizing essays on the people featured in these portraits, including Charlie Daniels, Roberta Flack, Randy Travis, and Elizabeth Cotten. We hope these essays will inspire and provoke further conversation, exploration, and investigation of these performers, their music, and the rich traditions from which they come. These portraits are on display courtesy of the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music, with special thanks to Mark Katz, Chair.

Music on the Porch – Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

Steph Stewart describes her music as haunting, post-Appalachian lull married to sweet-and-smoky honky-tonk. Her ethereal twang is accented by the hoppy mandolin picking and bright fiddle melodies of bandmates Omar Ruiz-Lopez (fiddle, faddle, mandolin), Mario Arnez (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Nicholas Vandenberg (upright bass, backing vocals). Together, Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends fuse old Appalachia and top-shelf Americana, delivering a satisfying twist on a familiar sound.

Rooted in memories of climbing trees and dancing to Johnny Cash with her grandfather as a child in North Carolina, Stewart writes about place and the transience of home. Personalities reflect her inspiration: the plight of a coal miner, the defiance of a cross-dressing Victorian cowgirl, the scorned lover. Piercing and personal, her songs linger with a resounding pulse long after they end.